HP delivers the skinny on mobile thin client

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HP has launched three new thin client products, including the company's first mobile thin client, which aims to provide businesses with a simpler, cheaper and more secure and easily managed computing infrastructure..

Following the completion if HP's acquisition of Neoware three months ago, the company has now added two desk-based models as well as the first HP-branded mobile thin client.

The HP Compaq 6720t Mobile Thin Client is ideal for on-the-go professionals such as insurance claim processors, remote staff, warehouse and inventory managers and office administrators.

"HP recognises thin clients play an integral role in driving next-generation business computing platforms, and will continue innovating across thin clients and other remote computing solutions to help customers achieve their growing business goals," said David Wright, vice president and general manager of the Personal Systems Group for HP in UK and Ireland.

These new thin clients are designed to be at the heart of HP's remote client portfolio of desktop virtualisation systems, which also include the HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, blade workstations, remote deployment and management software and services.

According to analyst firm IDC, HP (including Neoware) led the industry in thin client unit shipments with more than 34 per cent market share worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.

The 6720t runs Microsoft Windows XPe and features a 15.4-inch display; solid-state design with no hard drive, fan or other moving parts. It also supports Wi-Fi and 3G wireless broadband via a PC memory card slot and solid-state flash module.

HP hopes the design will help companies increase security as applications are accessed from a server, virtual PC or blade PC computing platform over a secure virtual private network internet connection. Data files and software are also saved remotely on a secure server to help reduce the risk of data loss, viruses and product theft.

Pricing for the HP Compaq 6720t Mobile Thin Client has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to be available in select markets across EMEA in the second quarter of 2008.
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